Trash Pickup and Recycling

The Environmental Services Division employees, under the Public Works Department, are committed to innovative, responsive, and integrated solid waste management practices that are safe, cost-efficient, and environmentally sound for the Los Alamos County community.


Residential Services

In Los Alamos County solid waste is collected weekly, recycling and yard trimmings are collecting bi-weekly via roll-carts for residents living in single family homes, duplexes, quads or town homes.

Residents living in apartment complexes are provided dumpsters for trash disposal. Recycling dumpsters and roll carts are also available for apartment complexes upon request. Apartment dwellers may also drop off their recycling material at the Eco Station, Overlook Convenience Center, and Lemon Lot.

Fees associated with residential solid waste and recycling collection services

Please see the roll cart collection notice(PDF, 49KB) for more information.

Free Load Guide:

Residents who use roll-carts are offered 12 free loads per year. Please see the Free Load Guide(PDF, 216KB).

To allow others, including tenants or hired contractors, to transport and dispose of acceptable materials on the eligible customer’s behalf, please use the Temporary Authorization(PDF, 115KB) form.

See the rates schedule page for additional loads after using the 12 allotted visits.

Recycling & Yard Trimming Collection Schedule

Please see the Roll-Cart Collection Schedule(PDF, 2MB) for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The household hazardous waste (HHW) program is available to Los Alamos County residents who pay for curbside roll-cart collection services. HHW material will be accepted once monthly at the Eco Station between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

See the 2023 schedule for available days.(PDF, 317KB)

See the 2024 schedule for available days.(PDF, 392KB)

Accepted items include: Smoke Detectors, Lightbulbs. Aerosol Spray Cans, Automotive Fluids, Corrosives, Cleaners, Photographic Flammable Solvents, Fuels, Items Containing Mercury, Oxidizers, Fertilizers, Pool Chemicals, Paints, Finishes, Stains, Pesticides and herbicides



Commercial Services

Los Alamos County businesses are offered solid waste and recycling dumpsters. Recycling roll carts are also available upon request. Contractors and other commercial entities who will be producing a large volume of waste should rent a roll-off. See Helpful Documents to download a request form.

Fees associated with commercial solid waste and recycling collection services

Authorization Form(PDF, 14KB)
This form must be filled out before a commercial entity will be allowed to dump loads at the Eco Station.

Roll Off Rental Request(PDF, 211KB)
General information and fee schedule for roll off container rentals.

Dumpster Rental Request(PDF, 158KB)

General information and fee schedule for dumpster rentals.

Assisted Refuse Service:

If you are physically unable to take your roll-carts to the curb and would like to apply for assistance, please review and download the Assisted Refuse and Recycle Form(PDF, 36KB).

Completed forms may be brought or mailed to the Eco Station at 3701 E. Jemez Rd Los Alamos, NM 87544, faxed to (505)662-8051 or e-mailed to:

Thrift Shop "Free Load" Donation Forms

Per County Code (Sec. 32-18.c.3) residents may donate one of their 12 free loads each year to a thrift store that operates in Los Alamos County and accepts, recycles and reuses materials from residents.

Form to donate a free load to a thrift store here - Thrift Store Donation Form(PDF, 138KB)

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